Cold Stream drains a huge bog in the towns of Passadumkeag and Lowell, about twenty miles north of Old Town. The stream itself, with all of its meanderings, is only about five miles long. Together with its tributary, Little Cold Stream, Cold Stream flows into the Passadumkeag River, which immediately empties into the Penobscot River.
This is wild country that—except for an occasional fisherman— sees few visitors. It is a great place to look for moose. Although we did not see any, we saw much evidence of their presence. We watched an osprey hover overhead, seemingly oblivious to us, waiting to dive on an unsuspecting fish. We also watched a northern harrier glide over the marsh, skimming the tops of the vegetation, waiting to pounce on any rodents foolhardy enough to be out in the middle of the morning. Formerly called marsh hawk, the harrier is distinguished by its white rump patch and its habit of buoyantly gliding over fields and marshes, tipping its upraised wings from side to side.
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